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– EYE-BALL MediaZone Growl No: 2 –
– The SMH’s – Mark Kenny – chief political Correspondent –
– on a story titled –

“Gillard’s fine reforms slip between the gap…”
| Author: EYE-BALL MediaZone | 9th May 2013 |
The EYE-BALL MediaZone aims to highlight media content that misleads, is inaccurate in its reporting, and has an agenda other than to report the facts as they relate to the content and context of the story.Today’s story was a clanger and was to be expected from the ALP loving Fairfax Media owned Sydney Morning Herald.   Their Chief Political Correspondent Mark Kenny penned a story that told us:

‘ … The PM’s policy record holds up well. It’s her political skills that let her down, badly…’

‘…But for the bulk of Labor’s reforms, the policy progress holds up well. And often, where the final result has lacked sheen or has been a failure – as in the mining tax – it is precisely because the politics came to overwhelm the original policy…

It is a stretch by any journalist to claim that Gillard’s record – ‘holds up well’ … any journalist who does have an agenda that is in conflict with reality often writes about what troubles them most.  That is why editors are there to ensure objectivity … but what can you do when the Editors have the same problem.

What motivates a journalist to promote ‘chuck stake’ as ‘prime rib’ as Gillard is to Paul Keating, or Bob Hawke. Surely a journalist understands the difference and that they should never slant a story to promote their own political views … yet, we live in an age where the media have become mouthpieces of the message the Government wants sold.   The Media industry have become street beggars, street walkers prepared to sell their column space for an inside tip to a bigger story.  Politicians use these media whores like masters abuse their slaves … and the media keep coming back for more.

Sadly – there are not too many alternatives when trying to understand Mark Kenny’s point of view in his version of Gillard history reproduced in full below:

Gillard’s fine reforms slip between the gap


| Author: Mark Kenny | Date: May 8th, 2013| Link to On-Line Story. |

The PM’s policy record holds up well. It’s her political skills that let her down, badly.

In his first 30 days in office, an impatient Gough Whitlam introduced a vast array of reforms such as ending conscription and releasing draft-resisters, protecting crocodiles (then being hunted to extinction) and removing what some called the ”luxury tax” on female contraception. Equal pay for women was also given fresh impetus.

More reform was to come over the next three years – arguably too much. After Labor’s 23 years in the wilderness, expectations were high. It didn’t end well.

For all the arcane arguments about constitutionality, convention and chaos, the common reduction was that Whitlam tried to do too much.

Now, as the polls presage an ALP slap-down of similar proportions in September, the question arises: how will people shorthand the Gillard era once the fog of war has cleared? Perhaps this: good at policy/bad at politics.
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Critics will bristle even at this concession, pointing to the carbon ”tax”, the mining tax, the dissembling confusion over asylum seekers, the botched media laws, the live cattle debacle and so on.

Certainly in some policy areas this government has failed to make progress – with border protection leading the field.

But for the bulk of Labor’s reforms, the policy progress holds up well. And often, where the final result has lacked sheen or has been a failure – as in the mining tax – it is precisely because the politics came to overwhelm the original policy.

Gillard’s position on same-sex marriage aside, there is a case to be made that her social reform record might rival Whitlam’s and that her economic reforms rank with those of the Hawke/Keating and Howard periods.

Sure, she didn’t start universal healthcare, float the dollar, end centralised wage fixing or deregulate the financial sector. Those things had been done. Labor’s task since 2007 was more complicated, more nuanced, yet just as urgent: modernise the economy, rescue a failing education system and, crucially, square up to the big new threats and opportunities posed by global warming and the digital age.

Measured against these weighty imperatives, the list of actual achievements stacks up well. It includes: settling the supposedly unfixable Murray-Darling Basin wrangle (remember that?); building the NBN; reforming school funding (a work in progress); establishing paid parental leave for the first time; reforming aged care; investing more in rail than all previous governments put together; articulating a new foreign policy by balancing the divergent interests of the US, China, India and Indonesia; becoming a world leader against the scourge of smoking through hard-fought reforms such as plain packaging of cigarettes; initiating a royal commission on institutional sex abuse; and, most recently, a national disability insurance scheme – itself a social and economic reform to rival any. And nearly all of this within a toxic political culture and a minority parliament. If the September 14 election goes the way it looks from here, Labor’s consolation will be the ability to point to these reforms in dinner party conversations.

Examples of the gap between the government’s reform score card on the one hand and its abysmal standing with voters on the other are legion. The past eight days alone provided another pearler in the form of two revenue downgrades, taking the shortfall from an already concerning $12 billion to an eye-popping $17 billion.

Obviously, announcing these figures was part of Labor’s carefully thought-through softening-up process in the lead-up to its toughest budget yet. But with the two numbers separated by just days, voters could be excused for concluding the budget was spinning out of control, haemorrhaging before their very eyes. What was next? What other horrors awaited?

After all, the $12 billion downgrade was supposedly the full-year figure after a previous $7.5 billion write-down for the period since the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook was published in October.

We have since learnt that the actual shortfall, for financial year 2012-13 (against Treasury forecasts in last year’s budget), is $17 billion.

The government explained, to anyone who was still listening, that this was the result of the $12 billion plus a previously unmentioned shortfall of $5 billion, booked before the MYEFO statement.

This confusing, even alarming deterioration, might have made sense to the cardigans in Treasury but it made no sense politically for Gillard to structure a public message this way. It presented another easy mark for Tony Abbott, who said: ”You can’t run the country if can’t manage the budget.”

Again, we see this gap between policy reality and political reality. An $11 billion or $12 billion deficit would not be a bad result measured against the real economy and last year’s $44.4 billion deficit. But Labor’s yardstick is the surplus that it stubbornly promised for political reasons and will not now deliver.

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When Kenny writes – [bullet points added]

‘… Measured against these weighty imperatives, the list of actual achievements stacks up well. It includes:

  • settling the supposedly unfixable Murray-Darling Basin wrangle (remember that?);
  • building the NBN;
  • reforming school funding (a work in progress);
  • establishing paid parental leave for the first time;
  • reforming aged care;
  • investing more in rail than all previous governments put together;
  • articulating a new foreign policy by balancing the divergent interests of the US, China, India and Indonesia;
  • becoming a world leader against the scourge of smoking through hard-fought reforms such as plain packaging of cigarettes;
  • initiating a royal commission on institutional sex abuse; and, most recently,
  • a national disability insurance scheme – itself a social and economic reform to rival any.

And nearly all of this within a toxic political culture and a minority parliament. If the September 14 election goes the way it looks from here, Labor’s consolation will be the ability to point to these reforms in dinner party conversations.

… I laughed my arse off – and that is no mean fit given how big it is …

Government has three main stay obligations, Welfare, Health and Education … Defence runs a distant fourth to these other three.   Collectively, Welfare, Health and Education make up 60% of all Government expenditure … add defence and the number jumps to 66%.

Any Government who understand their charter tinker with these numbers according to political views – ALP are more generous on welfare and social programs, Coalition Governments lean toward less welfare and more business incentives.   A political journalist has to know this … yet Kenny sees the NBN as a success yet Minister Conroy is yet to deliver a success story on any forecast NBN targets.

The School funding on top of the ‘Schools building Program’ fiasco where ALP loving contractors made themselves filthy rich at the taxpayers expense and all to the generosity of one Julia Eileen Gillard who was in charge of the program and had criminal history with the Thiess Contractors who won a large share of the rebuilding program.

Reforming aged care – a no brainer for a Government with an aging population and less hospital beds, less nursing home beds, and a growing need for both.   What are the reforms Mr Kenny – again you flash a policy initiative and claim it to have been a success yet you don’t produce the rhetoric that backs and supports your view.  Honest and truthful facts gets a journalist creds with readers – Kenny is but one of many Journalists inflicted with the Gillard/Swan disease – tell it like you know what you’re talking about, and then let others write about what they know … nobody writes about the facts anymore – it’s all about the illusion and the perception that every word is indeed about the message the Government wants told.

Who is Mr Kenny kidding – the intent to do good does no measure or count when all we see is ‘failure’ to honour the promise made by the Government of the day.  Implementing a policy that is funded and cost neutral at the outset,  and then due to gross incompetence, or a deliberate fraud about the numbers when the revenues raised, or the new taxes to pay for the policies fail to raise the revenues expected, does not give the Government a pass mark.

Kenny says –

‘… yet just as urgent: modernise the economy, rescue a failing education system and, crucially, square up to the big new threats and opportunities posed by global warming and the digital age …’

Global warming and the Digital age … these are crux phrases, waffle words, a macro stretch and  used by Kenny as a smoke screen for what lies beneath … the Carbon Tax – Gillard’s plan to fight global warming is in meltdown, the digital age – was here long before Gillard walked on stage …

I have no idea in what context Kenny was trying to portray Gillard as a success story in this story – and as such his article won the MediaZone Growl award for today.   Kenny’s story is about painting Gillard in positive terms when 70+% of Australia believe she is a negative for the welfare of the Nation.  What makes a journalist take on those types of odds …


The EYE-BALL Opinion plea for action:

A Note:  This site is dedicated to having Gillard as Prime Minster removed by all legal means in the shortest timeframe possible.

Gillard’s Government is poison to this Nation … how do we get rid of her now?

The message has to be sent – there are some 14 million registered voters represented by 150 MP’s – 72 of which are ALP.    If each of these 72 ALP MP’s received an e-mail, a fax, a phone call, or a letter from all the people who want her gone with a simple message like the one below –  :

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… do you think it might motivate caucus …

Please – send this message to as many and as often as you can – bombard the Caucus Members with a message so clear and with weight of numbers that it will force them to act.

You could also think about sending it to the Independents, Oakeshott, Windsor, Wilkie, and Brandt,  as well … Katter already votes with the Coalition, and Slipper and Thompson are a lost cause and their fate already sealed.

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  1. RP_Man
    May 9, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    OMG!! Mark Kennedy Kenny either lives in an alternate universe, is heavily deluded, or is paid to write this drivel. Or all of the above.
    “square up to the big new threats and opportunities posed by global warming and the digital age”.
    Ha ha ha ha ha…is he serious?
    Has this fool not read anything at all about Global Warming, like the original Maurice Strong (wanted for fraud) statements about preparing for global warming (which has not happened according to the so called progressives plan).
    If Strong’s major disciple and prophet Gore’s Inconvenient truth had a shred of truth in it, we would be over run with “Climate Refugees” right now…and not the kind of refugees we have arriving daily by boat.
    But even if “Global Warming” (which it’s not) was happening according to Gore and Flannery’s ridiculous and changing (to suit themselves) predictions, still Gillards silly out of sync with the rest of the world tax would do zero to change it.
    Abbott was right “All pain and no gain” at least he “from working out and the rest of it” understands this principle…Gillard does not because she does not know pain (yet) because she has climbed to power thru the grubby union hierachy.
    But anyway her carbon tax is a total dud and he is fool number one for not being able to see that, and to tout it as a positive and progessive policy is beyond hilarious.

    Another point is medical science cannot even cure the common cold, let alone cancer despite being able to study the human body at close quarters for centuries…and some of these so called funded scientists would have us believe they can cure the climate (that holds billions of bodies, oceans lands, cities) which they can only study by weather balloon data…no wonder they get it wrong and the cure? Absolute nonsense!
    Honestly!! its just too ridiculous, and all this has taught me is that the so called “enlightened left” is completely lacking in any common sense whatsoever.
    There is an old saying “A fool is known when he opens his mouth” and I think Mark (whats his name) would be better off as a comedian.
    I wont even go into the other points he mentioned they were just too ridiculous and too funny.
    He should simply look in the mirror and recite these words “Hee Haw” wag his tail and go to his stable and never touch a typewriter again LOL!!

  2. May 9, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    … and people pay to read his reporting … I understand the frustration RP_Man …

  3. david the pragmatist or sensitive little prick
    May 10, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I agree on most of the sentiments, but would like to note some aspects where the correspondent refers to the writer as a “fool” on many occasions, a Donkey, completely lacking in any commonsense, sarcasm, heavily deluded.
    I was just wondering if these are acceptable comments on this site or is there an hipocrisy of sorts depending on the views presented.
    Personally, I have no problems with RP_ Man’s opinions.

    For the sake of argument if I upheld different views to RP and used the same expressions against him, would i be sanctioned or vilified for doing so, or in turn have my persona analysed to an extent of going into a mazed depression. Of course I accept that what ever mental disorder I may react with would be the subjective opinion of any correspondents offering views.

  4. Gerry Hatrick
    May 10, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Yes.

    Politicians set themselves up as experts. When Wayne Swan says anything he has the privilege of Treasury experts, but then for political reasons is unable to admit mistakes, or fallacy or insincerity. He sees he only needs to make the opposition look like fools. Often Joe Hockey does similar, or any other parliamentarian. They tend to call it political tactics, and we pay they handsomely to do it.

    But the electorate expects better. Of their elected leaders they expect leadership.Not spin.

    The role of this site is to increase public awareness and encourage broader opinion. without spite or personal acrimony. So why is it OK to call Wayne Swan a donkey or a fool. Surely you can work that one out for yourself. What is politics or lobbying?

    If you express an opinion that another’s opinion is one eyed, that is not too rough. When you personally attack someone that leaves them belittled that is not OK. Some might know how to take it, Others simply don’t feel free speech deserves such inappropriate derision.

    Play the ball and not the player.

  5. david the pragmatist or sensitive little prick
    May 10, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I am sorry but the player normaly has the ball and the player participates by making themselves the expert in these type of situations. If the game is to rough, ie politics, then go and play another. The editor of this site was quite an elite sportsman, I can tell you categorically that he never missed the player.
    Look i am only making these comments to illustrate hipocrisy, I am very comfortable being hit with any comment on this site, as long it does not allude to inside knowlege of a persons’ private issues.If at any time I have inadvertentantly stepped on someones sensitivities in that respect I apologise.
    So wether it is you, Julia, Jeannie, RP, Barry, Harry or the Eye Ball please qualify yourselves as sensitive if you post something that borders on an opinion you think others may be uncomfortable with. I can live with that. Anyway this is getting a bit boring, where’s the comebacks from this crew, I thought Jeannie was going to start a fan club.I would have expected more hate mail by now.

  6. Les
    May 10, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    You’re a bloody wanker David! You should read your comments when pissed and then you might see the idiocy in the many points you fail to make. Perhaps you are pissed when you comment, either fuckin’ way you’re a flaming wanker that would do the brits proud.

    I like Gerry’s comment – you want to play the man and only small people do that in cyberspace. I’m an old man and I have a crooked cock, so if you want a bit of buggering I can do the left then right thing if you get my drift.

    Old Edna wouldn’t mind as she is a dry hole these days. Get your hand off it David, itll work better if you let it grow all by itself.

  7. RP_Man
    May 11, 2013 at 7:03 am

    David
    There would probably be many that disagree with my comments about Mark Kennedy Kenny, I have no problem with that at all, and I am sure this site does not either.
    However I will add that Mark Kennedy Kenny uses the typical blanket statements that many on the left do.
    Such as ““square up to the big new threats and opportunities posed by global warming and the digital age”.
    No explanation about what is “squaring up” is exactly, I take it he means the “Carbon Tax”…I think you will find everyone (even pro Global Warming scaremongers) will agree that no tax will stop Global Warming, so how is that “squaring up”?
    That’s simply a nonsensical statement.
    Then there is the subject of “Global Warming” itself, I gave examples of one of the persons who initially propagated this, why its not happening (its now called Climate Change) as you would have noticed, all people like Mark Kennedy Kenny and most from the left do is quote ever changing slogans,recite little catch phrases and so on, they never produce any really solid arguments, neither does Gillard, or Combet, or Emmerson or any of them.
    Thats at least part of the reason why they are becoming so hated, and so called reporters like Mark Kennedy Kenny deserves a bit of a roast.
    If he can properly explain himself and produce some evidence as to his ridiculous statements then fine, lets have a debate.
    But he does not, Gillard does not, she insults people intelligence, she even calls people economic simpletons etc… but will not produce any solid arguments as to why she has the right to claim this (and she is the so called PM).
    She knows very little about Global Warming, that is patently obvious, so why inflict a carbon tax on millions of people when she herself would fall apart in a serious debate with any so called “denier”
    So for her to decide that this is “best” for the nation is the height of arrogance…and now even the most basic Australians are starting to see this…failure after failure, spin after spin..they need to go..plain and simple.

  8. May 11, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Hi RP_Man,

    I trust you don’t mind but I corrected the Journalist’s name in you comment so as to avoid any confusion about who the post was about.

    Moderator.

  9. david the pragmatist
    May 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Well Les, you seem to be a character that has not emerged before and it is great to see such eloquence in one of the correspondents. Thank god we have credible people like yourself making sensible and sensitive comments that can be appreciated by the real audience. A little tip though, be careful who you address yourself to, some people on this site are thin skinned.
    Welcome aboard big fella!
    Ps Be especially careful of that Gerry and Eye Ball characters, they think they are the only ones that understand us Morons and do not worry about your physical disabilities, I have no problem excepting the deformed.(unless it was self induced).

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